Towards noon whales were raised; but so soon as the ship sailed down to them, they turned and fled with swift precipitancy; a disordered flight, as of Cleopatra's barges from Actium
He told me, "he had for many years been commander of a ship; and in the sea fight at Actium
had the good fortune to break through the enemy's great line of battle, sink three of their capital ships, and take a fourth, which was the sole cause of Antony's flight, and of the victory that ensued; that the youth standing by him, his only son, was killed in the action.
From Salamis to Actium, through Lepanto and the Nile to the naval massacre of Navarino, not to mention other armed encounters of lesser interest, all the blood heroically spilt into the Mediterranean has not stained with a single trail of purple the deep azure of its classic waters.
A frugal mind cannot defend itself from considerable bitterness when reflecting that at the Battle of Actium (which was fought for no less a stake than the dominion of the world) the fleet of Octavianus Caesar and the fleet of Antonius, including the Egyptian division and Cleopatra's galley with purple sails, probably cost less than two modern battleships, or, as the modern naval book-jargon has it, two capital units.
The battle of Actium
, decided the empire of the world.
The evidence of the Hellenistic era between Alexander and Actium
shows that this kind of political order is actually associated with high levels of innovation.
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The story of how Cleopatra seduced Roman ruler Julius Caesar by smuggling herself into his palace rolled up in a carpet -- perhaps the most oft repeated narrative from her life -- came from a record of the Battle of Actium
recorded by her opponent, the Roman general Octavian, Wkye said.
Set on the eve of the Battle of Actium
, the poem dramatizes Antony's and Cleopatra's Bacchic outburst preceding their ultimate doom.
In a hundred years' time it will seem as bizarre that nations once attacked one another with fleets of gasoline-engined bombers as that they once fought great battles with fleets of ships propelled by banks of men rowing to the beat of a drum --perhaps more bizarre because the fleets of petrol-engined bombers were the fashion for only thirty-five years and achieved no decisive results whereas the rowing galley was a favored weapon for more than two millennia and was the means of winning a number of victories, Salamis, Actium
, Lepanto for example, that were major historical turning points.
But in Shakespeare's play Actium
is just the first in a series of battles, most of which Antony loses.